Paddington was a box office smash when it was released in 2014, meaning not only was a sequel assured, but a third installment is also in the works.
Nor have they wasted any time: It was announced today (October 18) cameras have already started rolling on Paddington 2, and that Hugh Grant and Assassin’s Creed star Brendan Gleeson have both signed up to appear in the next installment in the adventures of the marmalade-loving bear.
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Their roles give us a hint as to what’s in store for him. Grant will play Phoenix Buchanan, a “vain, charming acting legend whose celebrity has faded in recent years” (we’re saying nothing), while Gleeson is set to play “Knuckles” McGinty, a safe-cracker who becomes Paddington’s unexpected ally when the gift he’s been saving up to buy for his Aunt Lucy (Imelda Staunton) is stolen.
“It has been a complete joy to return to the world of Paddington,” says director Paul King. “It was such a delight to see his first big screen adventure embraced by audiences around the world, and I couldn’t be more excited about Hugh and Brendan joining the cast to bring his next outing to life.”
Most of the original film’s cast will be back, with Ben Whishaw providing the bear’s voice, and Sally Hawkins and Hugh Bonneville playing Mr. and Mrs. Brown, who take him in to their home on Windsor Gardens when they find him in London’s Paddington station. Also returning are Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent and Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi.
Paddington 2 opens in theaters in the UK in November 2017, with a U.S. release expected shortly thereafter.
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